Alfa Romeo has confirmed that Antonio Giovinazzi will exit the Formula 1 team at the end of the season.
He is expected to be replaced by Guanyu Zhou with an announcement imminent.
Giovinazzi made his Formula 1 debut for the team under its Sauber guise as a stand-in in 2017 and has competed for Alfa Romeo full-time since 2019.
He scored a best result of fifth at the 2019 Brazilian Grand Prix.
“Saying goodbye to a driver is never easy, especially so in the case of Antonio, who has been part of the team for so long,” said Alfa Romeo team boss Frederic Vasseur.
“As we part ways, we will cherish the memories of the good times and learn lessons from the bad ones, knowing these moments all made us grow together as a team.
“We wish Antonio the best for his future after the 2021 season: before then, we still have three races to achieve some good results together and finish the year strongly.”
In a separate statement, on his social media account, Giovinazzi wrote: “F1 is emotion, talent, cars, risk, speed. But when money rules it can be ruthless. I believe in the surprise of the unexpected result, of big or small victories achieved thanks to one’s commitment.”